Life expectancy over the past century has dramatically increased resulting in a population aging worldwide. In the United States, life expectancy increased from 47 years in 1900 to around 78 years in 2009. In the 1950s, life expectancy after suffering a spinal cord injury was only 3 years due to high mortality rates caused by disability-related complications such as urinary tract infections.
Until the 1970s, persons with disabilities faced significantly lower life expectancies than those that weren’t disabled. Advances in areas such as medicine and technology have reduced the disparity in life expectancy for disabled persons. Today in 2016, significant numbers of people are living long enough to reach old age.
People with disabilities are also living longer because of better health care. As adults age, they have distinct health care needs. Many experience continuous pain, discomfort, and inconvenience from reduced mobility, side effects from medications, and surgeries, resulting in symptoms such as pain, arthritis, and fatigue. Individuals who are living and aging with the underlying medical conditions such as diseases of the nervous system and degenerative muscle diseases often experience secondary pain and fatigue adjunct to their physical impairment that often results in increased disability and decreased quality of life.
Receiving disability benefits may help ease the physical, mental and emotional burdens that accompany a severe disability. Because of greater life expectancy, these benefits are necessary and vital to maximizing quality of life under unfortunate circumstances. In turn, an experienced disability attorney can help ease the mental and emotional stress related to a severe medical condition by expeditious and effective legal representation. Contact Sullivan Law Office today. We offer free consultations, so you have absolutely nothing to lose! We look forward to hearing from you. Call 888-587-0228 or visit us online.